Climbing Classes

Climbing Classes

All classes may be booked 7 days a week using the booking window at the bottom of this page, over the phone, or in person at our facility. All classes are required to be booked at least 24 hours in advance in most cases.

Intro to Climbing (For Adults or Kids)

$29 for members | $39 for non-members. 1 1/2 hours long. Want to climb, but unsure where to start? Beginning anything new can be intimidating, but our professional instructors are here to guide you through the first steps to getting on the wall, and gaining the confidence you need to join in on the fun. Participants will learn about difficulty ratings, types of climbing holds, the basics of falling properly, how to move on the wall, and what to keep an eye out for when you’re in the climbing gym. Regardless if you’re a kid or an adult, this is a great way to get your bearings to begin moving in the right direction. Intro to Climbing is offered 7 days a week. All bookings are required to be made at least 24 hours in advance.​

Top Rope Belay Certification

(Ages 12+ years old)

$15 members | $29 non-member. 1 – 1 1/2 hours long (depending on class size). Belaying is one of the fundamental skills required to build a safe, stable foundation in gym climbing.  Participants will learn the basics of rope management and communication while belaying their climber in a gym top rope setting, and will be subject to a test at the end of the course.  Should the participant pass the test, they will  be allowed to belay other climbers while using the top rope anchor systems in Gripstone (as opposed to relying exclusively on using the autobelays).   We recommend that participants sign up in groups of two or more (up to four), as it provides for easier instruction and comprehension. Top Rope Belay Certification is offered 7 days a week. All bookings are required to be made at least 24 hours in advance.​

Already know how to belay? You can get a check-off! Check-offs take around 5 minutes (you either know it or you don’t!) and just need to be requested to any staff member available. There is no cost, though if you need a “refresher,” we recommend that you take the class, as may take some time depending on how long it’s been since you’ve last belayed, and what you may have forgotten.

Lead 101

(Ages 14+ years old)

$79 members | $99 non-members. 2 sessions, 6 hours long total.  This class will instruct the participants on the intricacies of rope management and safety considerations on the climber end and more importantly, the belayer end while lead climbing and belaying in Gripstone.  Unlike the top rope belaying class, there are some climbing experience-based requirements whereby the participants must be able to climb at least 5 routes in the gym (all 5.8 or harder) in a session without falling or resting on the rope, as well as the ability to climb a 5.9 without falling or resting on a rope. All participants must be at least 14 years old or older.  After completion of the class, participants will be eligible to test for Gripstone Lead Certification on another day (any day other than the instruction day). Lead 101 is offered 7 days a week. All bookings are required to be made at least 24 hours in advance.​

Gym to Crag

(Ages 18+ years old)

This offering is currently discontinued. In this 3-session class, participants will learn about necessary gear, risk and rope management, setting up and cleaning (i.e. taking down) top rope and sport anchoring systems, rappelling, and much more. The cost is $225 per person, and the class will be capped at 8 students total.

Outdoor rock climbing is a unique, fascinating, and beautiful way to enjoy the outdoors, learn transferable skills, challenge oneself, connect with nature, and form strong friendships and teams. The distinctive characteristics of outdoor climbing- weather, rock type, gear, partners- lead to the need for individual and specialized adult learning from experienced and qualified guides and educators. Join Gripstone and Bondi Outdoor Leadership for this original and grounded rock climbing focused Gym-To-Crag series that seeks to prepare climbers for outdoor sport climbing.

This series will build on skills with a focus on:

  • communication and decision making
  • gear/ equipment for outdoors
  • climbing tethers and risk management
  • top rope and lead anchor systems
  • modern belay devices & use
  • friction hitches & application
  • sport anchor cleaning skills
  • simple climber assist skills
  • rappelling techniques

Prerequisites to attend the course are:
-must be 18 years or older
-must be a Gripstone member AND be lead belay/climbing certified
-able to comfortably climb a 5.9 route on lead
-participants should bring their own climbing shoes, harness, and belay device, but other gear will be provided for use during the class

Gym to Crag is only offered occasionally, and not always on our schedule. Make sure to keep a look out through our social media accounts, emails, and homepage for when bookings are open.

Classes require pre-registration. You can use the booking links above, or call for more information or to reserve your spot.

(719) 559-4747